What is the Creative Economy (and why is it growing)?
The Creative Economy in Greene County and throughout the Hudson Valley is made up of enterprises and people that design, produce and distribute goods and services that have an have an intrinsic artistic or cultural value in the marketplace. Creative Industries are the fourth largest employment sector in New York’s Capital Region, with more jobs than those in Construction, Higher Education, Banking & Finance, and Transportation & Logistics.
Why are Creative Economy jobs so desirable?
- They require individual ideas, decision-making and problem-solving
- They can’t be automated, mechanized or out-sourced
- They provide personal satisfaction
- They exist as part of a thriving creative community
Creativity Driven by Technology
Advances in Digital Technology have dramatically transformed how work gets done across all aspects of the Creative Economy. The ability to create, edit, share, repurpose, modify, produce, publish and distribute content from a connected mobile device anywhere in the world has changed the paradigm of almost all large traditional creative services businesses.
Do What You Do in a Place You’ll Love
Creative Hubs are being fostered and expanded throughout Greene County. Consider the community values and lifestyle opportunities vital to your creative process. Next, think about ‘proximity of’ and ‘access to’ the markets that value your skills. Then, look at the costs associated with living in the community you choose.
ACE – The Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy
There are over 47,000 Creative Industry Jobs in New York State’s Capital Region. At its heart, the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE) is about driving business development, increasing jobs, and promoting tourism. This collaborative, cross-sector group has come together to strengthen support for freelancers, organizations and individuals involved in creative work. ACE produces a variety of community events that connect makers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and organizations as well as providing a forum for businesses to source creative talent for job openings.
Freelancers Union is a fast-growing organization representing the 57 million independent workers across the country. Membership is free and open to freelancers of all kinds, from graphic designers to contractors to entrepreneurs to moonlighters – offering health & Insurance benefits; community networking hubs & blog forums, and; Advocacy for Policies that affect creatives.
Greene County Film Commission
A gateway for producers and site selectors to access Greene County’s multitude of Catskill Mountain, Rural Village, and Hudson River film locations, and qualify for significant NYS tax incentives.